Northland has two marine reserve areas. Under the Marine Reserves Act 1971, the Department of Conservation is responsible for caring for and managing marine reserves.
Poor Knights Islands
Poor Knights Islands.
In 1981, the ocean surrounding the Poor Knights Islands, 12 nautical miles off the east coast of Northland, was established as New Zealand's second marine reserve. The marine reserve extends for 800 metres offshore around the Poor Knights Islands.
For more information, a map and boundaries for the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve visit:
Whangārei Harbour - Waikaraka and Motukaroro
Whangārei Harbour has two marine reserve sites - Waikaraka and Motukaroro / Passage Island.
The Whangārei Harbour Marine Reserve came into being on 18 October 2006 and comprises two sites - Waikaraka and around Motukaroro/Passage Island at Reotahi. The combined area of both sites is approximately 253.7 hectares or 2.54% of the Whangārei Harbour.
For more information, a map and boundaries for the Whangārei Harbour Marine Reserve visit:
For more information about these marine reserves, contact the Department of Conservation:
Northland Conservancy Office
Address: 149 - 151 Bank Street, Whangārei 0112
Postal address: PO Box 842, Whangārei 0140
Phone: +64 9 430 2470
Fax: +64 9 430 2479